Cystic hygroma is a benign tumor of lymphatic origin2 usually seen in the first two years of life.3,4,6 Although common during the latter period, there are only occasional case reports of cystic hygromas in adults in the American literature.1,2,6,7,9
A review of cystic hygromas seen in adults at the Albany Medical Center Hospital was prompted by the opportunity to treat a cervicomediastinal cystic hygroma in a 54-year-old female patient. The paucity of information on this subject in the current literature suggested the desirability of this brief report.
Twelve patients, 16 years of age and older, were operated upon for cystic hygromas during the period 1935-1960. The cases were studied to determine the location, treatment, and course of the disease. The clinical charts, including the gross and microscopic reports of the surgical specimens, and the microscopic sections were reviewed in each case. Follow-up was obtained in 11 of